Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Chateau Lafayette

A grandiose gem in rustic Pennsylvania
With its regal façade, patterned after the Ritz Paris, Chateau Lafayette at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort brings elegance to the Pennsylvania countryside. Inside, the guest rooms feel grand and traditional, with vaulted ceilings and crystal chandeliers. They're made even more impressive by the attentive service of white-gloved butlers on the club level.

The luxury hotel's grand lobby, with white columns, carved wood walls and a formal tea room, is a sophisticated place to sit with a drink from the lobby bar, but you might not find yourself spending much time indoors — the resort offers a staggering list of things to do. Play a round at either of the two pristine golf courses, get behind the wheel of a Jeep at the off road driving academy, or visit to the zoo animals that live on the grounds.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • Chateau Lafayette is inspired by the classic hotels of Europe, particularly the Ritz Paris in France. The hotel features coffered ceilings, huge Corinthian columns, striking crystal chandeliers and two-story Palladian windows in the lobby.
  • At Five-Star Lautrec, guests enjoy farm-to-table ingredients cooked with European techniques. The attractive dining room is located on the ground floor of Chateau Lafayette and serves a spectacular eight-course tasting menu.
  • The Cigar Bar, appropriately located next to the resort’s Cigar Shop, has a worldly selection of fine cigars and top-shelf bourbons, scotches and cognacs served in a cozy space is outfitted with dark leather sofas, rich wood furniture and a roaring fireplace.
  • Avid golfers can tee off in style during their stay at Chateau Lafayette, with two excellent golf courses located onsite, including Mystic Rock: a 7,550-yard, par-72 course named by Golf Digest as one of the top-100 public courses in the country.
Things to Know
  • You’ll love this luxury resort’s lavish afternoon tea service spread, which includes a delicious assortment of imported teas, coffees and pastries. But make sure to make a reservation; afternoon tea is only offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m.
  • Chateau Lafayette is the largest hotel within the 2,000-acre Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and for a rustic touch, guests are treated to nightly s’mores at an outdoor fire pit.
  • The resort’s Kidz Klub offers daily kid-friendly crafts and sports under close staff supervision. Young ones can also enjoy pony rides, safari tours, arcade games, a bowling alley, and much more.
  • The property’s sommeliers hold wine tastings three times a week in a specially-built wine room. Don’t miss a chance to tour the 21,000-bottle wine cellar, which includes a bottle of 1845 Madeira.
  • Staying in a posh Chateau Club Level room gives you around-the-clock service from a personal butler and access to a lounge where you’ll be treated to daily European-style breakfasts, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
The Rooms
  • Chateau Lafayette’s guest rooms use classical décor to create elegant and ornate rooms but it’s what’s above the bed that will draw your attention—the vaulted ceiling and crystals chandelier make even flipping channels feel grand.
  • Bathrooms in standard guestrooms at this luxury resort have marble tiled walls, brass fixtures on the sink and a dual shower and tub. White cabinetry beautifully contrasts against the rust-colored marble floors.
  • Suite bathrooms feature jetted soaking tubs separate—perfect for ending a long day in luxurious fashion, especially if you pair your bath with a glass of fine wine from the in-room dining menu.
The Restaurants
  • Lautrec restaurant is helmed by chef Kristin Butterworth, bringing local and seasonal ingredients to life in creative European-style cuisine.
  • The formal restaurant is popular for celebrations and special nights out, and the service and special touches from the housemade truffle scones to the impressive candy cart.
  • Cross into the Lodge annex and you’ll find Autumn. Morning brings classics like omelets and eggs benedict, but in the evening, the sophisticated menu focuses on seafood with a few meat and vegetarian options.
  • A stroll across the street or sky bridge also gets you to two more options: The Tavern, a traditional English pub, and PJ’s Ice Cream and Pizza Parlor, a colorful 1950s style eatery serving banana splits and casual dinner fare on the weekends.
  • Head to the Sundial Lodge for casual eats and drinks at Apex. The menu includes the 25th Anniversary Cocktail: two slices of fresh cucumber, a splash of Imperial vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, simple syrup and an edible white flower.
Getting There
1001 Lafayette Drive, Farmington, Pennsylvania 15437
Nemacolin Woodlands Resort — Chateau Lafayette
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